Narrowboat financed by dead patients

Published: Monday, 03 May 2010

A NHS employee forged documents and a will to steal from dead patients, buying a narrowboat with the proceeds.

Altogether she stole £750,000 from the estates of dead patients, over a period of seven years before it was discovered.

Ideal position

Yvette Adams, a bereavement services adviser, based at the Glenfield Hospital in Leicester was in an ideal position to steal from people who were bereaved,  and in addition to the narrowboat on the Grand Union Canal, purchased two flats and embarked on a lavish lifestyle.

Telling her she had deprived people of their dying wishes with shockingly callous offences, she was sentence to five years in prison.


She admitted 11 counts of forging documents, eight of theft, as well as concealing a will, making a false representation, obtaining property and attempting to obtain property by deception.

She gave some of the money to the poor and needy, including prostitutes, asylum seekers, refugees, the homeless and  charitable causes, seeing herslf as a modern Robin Hood.

But a charity executive told that she is deluded, as Robin Hood  didn't steal from charities to buy boats and houses.